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The MSc in Educational Psychology is designed to help trainees build upon their prior experience with young people or families by providing them with opportunities to develop and implement the conceptual frameworks which will allow them to work effectively as educational psychologists with young people, teachers, parents and other professionals.

This course, together with the Stage 2 Award in Educational Psychology (Scotland) from the British Psychological Society, meets the requirements for registration as an Educational Psychologist with the Health Professions Council.


The course takes 24 months, and is available on a full-time basis only. Entry is offered every two years, with an intake in September 2013, 2015, 2017 and so on. Progress from the first to the second year is dependent on satisfactory performance in written and practical work during the first year.

Teaching and practical work are carefully integrated in both years of the course, with a placement in a psychological service prior to the commencement of teaching in the first year. Teaching takes place in the form of seminars/ workshops and tutorials on Mondays and Tuesdays during term, with Wednesdays as study days. Trainees spend Thursdays and Fridays in their long-term placements with a psychological service. In the first year, trainees spend this time in shadowing and observation, practice-based assignments and in carrying out a collaborative group project. In the second year, the focus shifts to an 'apprenticeship' role, with trainees tackling the work of an educational psychologist under the supervision of their practice tutor. There is also an individual project in the second year.

There are additional block placements which enable trainees to broaden their experience. This involves work in other psychological services and further placements outside the context of the educational psychology service, for example working with professionals whose specialism is social work, psychiatry or clinical psychology.

The programme consists of lectures, seminars and tutorials on the following modules:

  • Frameworks for Professional Practice
  • Effective Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Development in Context
  • Facilitating Change: Assessment and Intervention
  • Research and Evaluation
  • Professional Practice


All candidates must maintain a satisfactory standard in the practical work listed in the Regulations as indicated by supervisors' reports and the candidate's work file. In addition, by the end of each of the first and second years they must have submitted three essays of 6,000 words each and a project report of 15,000 words. The final assessment will be based on the candidate's performance in all the elements listed above and oral examinations if required.

Entry Requirements

A first class or upper second class Honours degree in psychology or an equivalent qualification which is recognised as providing:

  • the graduate basis for chartered membership with the British Psychological Society
  • a minimum of 1-2 years professional experience of work with children, young people, families and professional colleagues (not necessarily in teaching)
  • evidence of a commitment to a career in educational psychology

Fees and Funding

The Scottish Government Education Department provides a loan of £3,400 per annum to UK and EU applicants who are offered a place on the programme. Fees are subject to regular review, and are currently £9,365 per annum.

How to Apply

Applications for the September 2015 intake will be available from 1st August 2014 and should be made no later than 31 October 2014.

The University of Strathclyde welcomes applications from groups under-represented in the educational psychology profession.

Enquiries to:

Christine McKendrick
Tel: 0141 548 4036

Doctorate in Educational Psychology

Within the applied psychology professions, there has been a recent move towards three year professional doctorate training, with educational psychologists in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as clinical psychologists across the UK, now undertaking three years of training. In anticipation of this becoming standard practice in Scotland, we have developed the Doctorate in Educational Psychology (DEdPsy) as an optional doctoral top-up course for Scottish-trained educational psychologists, to give them the opportunity to gain an equivalent qualification. This innovative programme takes a distinctive approach to a professional doctoral qualification through its emphasis on research rather than taught modules.


To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today. 

Oct 2015 entry to full-time DEdPsy educational psychology (Admission Code : PYDED)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

Oct 2015 entry to full-time DEdPsy educational psychology (Admission Code : PYDED2)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.


The Scottish Government Education Department provides a loan of £3,400 per annum to UK and EU applicants who are offered a place on the programme.  Fees are subject to regular review, and are currently £9,365 per annum.